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What Next ?

By Patrick Van Roy On March 30th, 2020 at 12:47 pm

The World is in lockdown as we hunkerdown to prevent a world wide catastrophe by this so called Pandemic. Don’t get me wrong it fits the definition of one, but not the deaths associated with one. COVID19 is SARS2 both are variants of the 7 main varieties of the Flu, the majority of which most of us have a certain level of immunity. The reason this may hit very high numbers of dead, and by high numbers I meen around 200-500,000 world wide nowhere near the 50-100 million killed by the Spanish Flu is because NO ONE has any level of immunity and the weak and infirm will get the Chinese Flu develop pneumonia and die.

That however whether I’m on the money with my estimates or totally wrong in them, that part of our problem is just that 1st part of it. The real problems come next.

The cure for this germ has been to shut down the world. Business WW has shut down, economies are in free fall and by the end of April that will be the real catastrophe.  In history when this happens War follows. Every major collapse of society on this scale has caused one.

I ask this audience, what is the condition of your country, does it have the reserves, was it financially stable before this catastrophe, and the most important thing does it have the flexibility and leadership to recover ? Most of Europe does not. That is where your concern should be. What have your nations done in preparation to turn everything back on ?

If I am totally wrong and this thing does kill millions that will make turning things back on even more difficult. So as you sit in your homes surrounded by your loved ones ask, has your government set in motion the things they will need to do to recover and guarantee those children playing in the other rooms future ?

That is the question and the worry, what happened the last World Depression ? How did where you live now fare then ?

We all know how to get through the next month, and some of us will get sick. It’s a virus no matter what we do we’re going to get exposed, just like we all get exposed to every flu, every year. This one will be back again, the next time it won’t be as bad. The thing is what will this event trigger, and what have your leaders done to deal with it.

Ask, don’t just sit there and whine on line. It is time now to start pressing those who command the reigns of power “What are your plans ?” and ask yourself do you know, and if you don’t know why not?

Stay safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Sane, but it is time to start asking….. What Next ?

Today is Vietnam Veterans Day

By Patrick Van Roy On March 29th, 2020 at 9:06 pm

We Salute You

FAUCI: MAYBE 200,000 DEAD

By Pete Moore On March 29th, 2020 at 8:58 pm

The coronavirus pandemic could kill up to 200,000 Americans and millions more could be infected, the US government’s leading expert has warned.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the face of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, made the prediction on Sunday.

“Looking at what we’re seeing now, I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths,” he told CNN.

But he quickly urged caution. “I don’t want to be held to that,” he said. “It’s such a moving target.”

Yesterday the head of Public Health England said that if the UK keeps it under 20,000 it will have done well. I hope these people are talking big numbers so they’ll look good when they come in lower.

HOW LONG?

By Pete Moore On March 29th, 2020 at 4:54 pm

I don’t think the economy can take what the Deputy Chief Medical Officer is prescribing here –

No Kidding

By Patrick Van Roy On March 29th, 2020 at 4:31 am

A CHANGE HAS COME FOR THE NHS

By Pete Moore On March 28th, 2020 at 9:11 pm

What a pity it took a epidemic to force a bloated and complacent bureaucracy to change. What a pity so many hundreds of billions of Pounds have been wasted along the way. This is actually a fascinating piece on what sounds like a revolution in the NHS, forced on it by harsh reality –

What doctors like me have witnessed over the past days and weeks has been nothing short of extraordinary […]

An NHS infamous for its bureaucracy is now behaving like a Silicon Valley startup: if you can show that it will help patients and get the service ready, then it’s green-lit. Just get on with it. Many of us have noted that this is how it should have been in the health service all along — but somewhere along the line the apparatchiks took over and stifled innovation. Not any longer.

It’s been fascinating to watch staff rise to the occasion, natural leaders taking charge in place of those we can now see were just paper-pushers. It’s also become apparent how so many of the managerial jobs are unnecessary or redundant now that the chips are really down. Perhaps this will create a culture shift in the health service that makes it more focused on outcomes and patients’ care and less interested in the labyrinthine and suffocating administration.

WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE

By Pete Moore On March 28th, 2020 at 7:54 pm

While scientists speculate that the coronavirus could be with us for months to come, Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, has said cases could peak over Easter and then begin to fall if the public follows social distancing measures.

Easter weekend is in two weeks. The UK peak was originally estimated for the end of May. So we’ve brought it forward. Let’s assume a peak in a fortnight. What then? We have to leave hibernation at some point. If most people have not been infected and have no defence, back comes the epidemic. We can’t keep on shutting down and opening up the economy, but we can’t stay at home until a vaccine is available.

So how do we get out of it?

SURREAL

By Pete Moore On March 28th, 2020 at 7:06 pm

BLOOMBERG: Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge

Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine.

“Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Governor Gina Raimondo said. “That risk is called New York City” […]

“Yesterday I announced and today I reiterated: Anyone coming to Rhode Island in any way from New York must be quarantined,” the governor said. “By order. Will be enforced. Enforceable by law.”

On the one hand it’s absolutely unAmerican. On the other, New York is taking a hammering. Thousands of people getting out now will undoubtedly spread the Chinese Disease. This has happened in Italy. The south is beginning to suffer because workers fleeing back home took it with them.

Need a laugh ?

By Patrick Van Roy On March 28th, 2020 at 2:16 am

The Largest Spending Bill in World History

By Patrick Van Roy On March 27th, 2020 at 11:34 pm

Totally UN-Constitutional.  This House Rep caught crap from ALL SIDES except he was RIGHT.

 

I swore an oath to uphold the constitution, and I take that oath seriously.

In a few moments I will request a vote on the CARES Act which means members of Congress will vote on it by pushing “yes” or “no” or “present.” The Constitution requires that a quorum of members be present to conduct business in the House.

Right now, millions of essential, working-class Americans are still required to go to work during this pandemic such as manufacturing line workers, healthcare professionals, pilots, grocery clerks, cooks/chefs, delivery drivers, auto mechanics, and janitors (to name just a few). Is it too much to ask that the House do its job, just like the Senate did?

I am not delaying the bill like Nancy Pelosi did last week. The bill that was worked on in the Senate late last week was much better before Speaker Pelosi showed up to destroy it and add days and days to the process.

This bill should have been voted on much sooner in both the Senate and House and it shouldn’t be stuffed full of Nancy Pelosi’s pork- including $25 million for the Kennedy Center, grants for the National Endowment for the Humanities and Arts, and millions more for other measures that have no direct relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic. That $25 million, for example, should go directly to purchasing test kits.

The number one priority of this bill should have been to expand testing availability and creation of tests so that every American, not just the wealthy and privileged, has access to testing. We have shut down the world’s economy without adequate data. Everyone, even those with no symptoms, needs immediate access to a test.

This bill creates even more secrecy around a Federal Reserve that still refuses to be audited. It allows the Federal Reserve to make decisions about who gets what, how much money we’ll print. With no transparency. If getting us into $6 trillion more debt doesn’t matter, then why are we not getting $350 trillion more in debt so that we can give a check of $1 million to every person in the country?

This stimulus should go straight to the people rather than being funneled through banks and corporations like this bill is doing. 2 trillion divided by 150 million workers is about $13,333.00 per person. That’s much more than the $1,200 per person check authorized by this bill.

The House did this by Voice Vote. The Constitution REQUIRES a recorded vote.

I heard Representative Massie on the Radio earlier today and besides being right is indignation was a delight to hear.

“My condemnation of my fellow representatives using the excuse that they may get infected if they go in to vote while MILLIONS of Americans HAVE TO…. Truckers are moving goods enmasse, Nurses, Doctors, Cops, Postman, Gas Station Workers, Grocery store, and Restaurant workers…. I guess my fellow Representatives feel their Lives are MORE VALUABLE THAN YOURS…. it’s a Damn Disgrace!”